Take a moment today to stand in the sunshine looking at an ivy bush. It will be worth it!
If it’s a mature plant it should have those lovely structural yellow-green flower clusters covering it.
Then you might notice a gentle hum…….
This most probably is coming from the Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) A relative new comer to our island, first discovered in 2002 in Southern England. Originating from Europe the Ivy bee has undergone a rapid expansion in the last two decades and now can be found in most Southern counties and increasingly moving northward and inland.
This ground nesting solitary bee can be found hovering around the ivy flowers gathering this late source of nectar. Hot spots in Cambridge for spotting these are Chesterton Rec and West Pit
but probably in your back garden too!
Solitary bees are high on the agenda for the City Council’s Pollinator Campaign, with bee bank construction being planned for some of the reserves soon. These will provide perfect nesting sites for these valuable pollinators. More info as this unfolds.
In the meantime try and spot these adorable, intrepid, bees flying now for a limited time only, terms and conditions apply. 😉